October 14, 2023
AALTO-Theater Essen

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS GERMAN DANCE AWARD 2024

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland calls on dance associations and institutions as well as all dance professionals to submit proposals for the German Dance Award 2024.


Submission deadline extended until 19 January 2024!

The German Dance Award honors outstanding personalities of dance in Germany and recognizes current positions in dance. The focus is on the artistic work of choreographers, dancers, ensembles or collectives. Nevertheless, personalities from the fields of dance education, journalism, science or other areas of dance creation can also be nominated. In addition, the German Dance Association awards two honours: optionally an honour for lifetime achievement, an honour for outstanding performer/outstanding ensemble/collective or an honour for outstanding development in dance.

Proposals for the German Dance Award 2024

Proposals for the selection of the award winners can be submitted by representatives of dance associations and institutions as well as by all dance professionals. As associations, both nationwide and regional associations of all areas of dance creation in Germany are eligible to submit proposals. Companies, artist collectives, production houses, schools, archives and comparable permanent dance institutions are considered institutions. Individuals from the dance sector can also submit a proposal.

Please use the online form to submit your proposals.

 


 

Impressions Dance Gala 2023

German Dance Award 2023 presented

In the sold-out Aalto Theater, the audience and the dance scene celebrated an inclusive dance gala. Transmission in German sign language and live audio description accompanied the event.

At a festive dance gala on October 14, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland presented the German Dance Award 2023 - the most prestigious award for dance in Germany.

Cheers and big applause accompanied the honor for the visually impaired performer Sophia Neises as well as the lifetime achievement award for the dance pedagogue Peter Appel. Finally, there was a standing ovation for Malou Airaudo, Josephine Ann Endicott, Lutz Förster and Dominique Mercy, who were awarded the German Dance Prize 2023.

The awards ceremony was also an evening that showcased the diversity and emotional power of dance, accompanied by WDR presenter Siham El-Maimouni. Highlights of the evening included the opening by the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin with "Better, Faster, Stronger," the pieces "Paganini" and "White Darkness" by the Ballet of the Semperoper Dresden, and "Wandering Mind" by the Folkwang Tanzstudio. The Aalto Ballet enriched the evening on its home stage with "Mutual Comfort". The Tanztheater Wuppertal and its dancers delighted the audience with excerpts from works by Pina Bausch - "Vollmond" and "Kontakthof". In "Kontakthof" the prize winner Josephine Ann Endicott danced as a surprise guest. "... como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si ..." was danced by the Folkwang Dance Studio and guests. Touching was the solo "The Man I Love" by award winner Lutz Förster.

 

Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann
Tanzpreis 2023 Tanz-Gala Foto Ursula Kaufmann

Program Dance Gala 2023

 

  • The Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin opens the dance gala with "Better, Faster, Stronger", choreographed by Giorgio Madia. The students of the 6th to 9th year dance full of energy to the music of Daft Punk.
  • The ballet of the Semperoper Dresden will enrich the evening with two duets. With "FAUN(E)", choreographer David Dawson developed an abstract, timeless and modern creation and explores questions of duality, sexuality and identity. "White Darkness" is Nacho Duato's choreographic reflection on the impact of drugs and their effect on human social behavior.
  • With "Sense of Wonder", choreographers Lisa Rykena and Carolin Jüngst create an expedition scenario and appeal to the willingness to wonder. An excerpt of the piece is shown as a video.
  • In "Wandering Mind", choreographed by Renate Graziadei, everything revolves around associations and moods that arise when thoughts wander. The Folkwang Tanzstudio will show a part of it - melancholic, absurd and mysterious.
  • The Tanztheater Wuppertal and its dancers will be guests with a collage of the works of Pina Bausch. Among other contributions, excerpts from "Vollmond" and "... como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si ..." will be performed.
  • Lutz Förster, one of the winners of the German Dance Award 2023, will dance a solo from "Nelken - Ein Stück von Pina Bausch".

 

The event is offered with audio description (AD) and translation into German Sign Language (DGS).

Tickets for the dance gala are available by telephone directly from the Ticket-Center of the Aalto-Theater Essen: 0201 / 81 22 200
or via the Online-Shop at: Ticket Center of Theater Essen

 

GERMAN DANCE AWARD 2023

The German Dance Award honors outstanding personalities of dance in Germany and recognizes current positions in dance. The focus is on the artistic work of choreographers, dancers, ensembles or collectives. Nevertheless, personalities from the fields of pedagogy, journalism, science or other areas of dance creation can also be nominated.

 A jury of experts from various fields of dance will select the award winners from the proposals. This year's award winners were presented at a press conference on April 26.

The award ceremony will take place on October 14, 2023, as part of a festive dance gala at the Aalto Theater in Essen. Make a note of the date!

German Dance Award 2023

Malou Airaudo

Lutz Förster

Jo Ann Endicott

Dominique Mercy

Jury statement

The German Dance Award 2023 will be presented to four outstanding dancers and protagonists of German Tanztheater:

Malou Airaudo, Josephine Ann Endicott, Lutz Förster and Dominique Mercy

From the very beginning, they shaped the work of Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater Wuppertal with their strong personalities and unwavering commitment to a dance aesthetic that broke with existing conventions and inspired a new way of imagining dance. Despite all the initial resistance to this new, theatrical dance language, the impact and truthfulfulness of these physical narratives contributed significantly to Tanztheater Wuppertal’s worldwide success, as well as its influence on the entire international art world.

They have taken on leadership roles in the ensemble, passing on their invaluable knowledge to the next generation of dancers and continue to do so today. The "intangible cultural heritage” of modern dance and dance theater, which they have acquired in the last 50 years, is inscribed in their physical memories.

To this day, they are active as dancers, teachers, choreographers, repetiteurs, lecturers and performers and are in demand internationally. Each of them has a unique personality and a high level of professionalism. Starting in Wuppertal, all four have unfurled their radiance into the world and continue to be sought-after dance personalities.

The German Dance Award 2023 honors their life's work and their relentless, individual commitment to dance to this day.

 

The biographies of the award winners can be found in the press area​​​​​​​.

Peter Appel - HONOURING FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Jury statement

The artistic and pedagogical work of Peter Appel (born 1933) has influenced the German ballet and contemporary dance scene in a unique way. His ideas continue to have an impact on dance training and artistic work to this day.
Peter Appel's dance career began in Haarlem continued via Paris and Amsterdam and later to Basel, where in addition to his work as a soloist, he first took on ballet master duties between 1962 to 1964. Since then, he has worked as a teacher and ballet master in Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Zurich and as a welcomed guest teacher in Munich, Hanover, Vienna among others.
At the beginning of his career, Peter Appel’s experiences with Olga Preobrajenska, Victor Gsovsky, Mathilde Kschessinskaja and Lubov Egorova shaped his pedagogical work. His work with George Balanchine, as well as his training and ballet master engagements with the ensembles from Wazlav Orlikovsky, John Neumeier and Heinz Spoerli, offered him development opportunities to support and challenge dancers in their daily training. 
From 1966 to 1976, Appel was artistic director of the Institute for Professional Dance (Institut für Bühnentanz) in Cologne; from 1966 to 1971, he worked as a soloist, ballet master, and intermittent ballet director at the Cologne Opera House and a founding member of the Cologne Dance Forum. Together with John Neumeier, he founded the ballet school of the Hamburg State Opera in 1978.
His way of working was precise, meticulous, inspiring - both the solo work and the way he rehearsed with the ensemble. He quickly grasped and mastered the ideal of choreography. Conveying the compositions to the ensemble was always an important priority for him.
His insight and sensitivity into the works of respective choreographers, as well as his dedication and humor have accompanied renowned choreographers and profoundly shaped and inspired generations of dancers. 
His lifelong devotion to dance and his pedagogical talent are honored by the jury with the HONOURING FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT.


The biography of Peter Appel can be found in the press area.

Sophia Neises - HONOURING FOR OUTSTANDING DEVELOPMENTS IN DANCE

Jury statement

Sophia Neises is a choreographer, dramaturg, performer and dance educator. Since 2015, she has been developing various performance forms of dance. As a dance teacher, workshop facilitator and dramaturg, she succeeds in communicating the need for action to break down barriers and raise critical awareness of the stigmatized role of disabled people both on stage and in everyday life.

As a performer, she identifies herself as an artist with visual impairment. Not incidentally, this self-description allows her performative practice to interact with the limits that she encounters due to the conditions that define disability. The interaction creates new, lustful relationships between the artist and her audience.

In her work with disabled and non-disabled people, she uses different techniques and tactics on stage. She discovers new skills and develops contemporary forms of artistic expression together with other artists in mutual exchange and learning from each other.
Through her unconventional strategies, she challenges the audience to actively re-examine their own approach to disability by including and applying innovative approaches. The prevailing concepts and criteria of body, space and time are questioned and expanded. This enables new aesthetic approaches not only in dance and performance, but in contemporary culture and society as a whole.

This honor given to Sophia Neises for her outstanding development in dance is also intended to underscore the importance of new approaches and opportunities for action in the various areas of contemporary dance. For example mixed-abled ensembles, audio descriptions, haptic introductions, relaxed performances and improving access to the arts outside of normative standards and processes - all contribute to a self-confident development of a diverse concept of culture.

 

The biography of Sophia Neises can be found in the press area.